Barry B. Swadron, K.C. (1938-2023)

Barry was the founder and principal of Swadron Associates. He received his academic training at the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School (where he received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in law) and the University of Pennsylvania. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1963 and was appointed King's Counsel (then Queen's Counsel) in 1974.

Barry argued cases, both civil and criminal, in courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada and before a host of tribunals. His most notable court victory was the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Bell v. The Queen, in which the Court struck down North York's discriminatory zoning by-laws.


Barry’s academic appointments included positions at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and Humber College. He also served as head of the Exceptional Client section of the Ontario Bar Admission Course and authored a number of books and book chapters as well as numerous legal articles. Barry delivered special lectures and seminars at a number of universities and to many professional and non-professional organizations across Canada, in the United States and in Europe.

Barry served as counsel to many government and non-government organizations and commissions and served as Commissioner of the Inquiry into the Toronto Islands appointed in 1980. He was retained by politicians at all levels of government and by various provinces to draft legislation. He appeared as counsel and as an expert witness before parliamentary committees, and represented Canada at conferences abroad.


Barry passed away on January 25, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Eunice, their three sons and their spouses and many grandchildren.

Barry Swadron

LL.B. Osgoode Hall Law School 1961

LL.M. Osgoode Hall Law School 1963

Called to the Bar: 1963 Ontario

Appointed King’s Counsel 1974


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